Unarmed pregnant woman shot dead by cops while fleeing alleged carjacking: reports

Missouri police officers shot a woman five times as she tried to flee and was arrested on a suspected armed theft car – despite showing she was unarmed and telling them she was pregnant, according to a horrified witness.

“They shot her! Oh my God, they shot her!” A woman screamed repeatedly in footage she filmed following Friday night’s shooting of officers in Kansas City.

“What the hell!” She gasped as she filmed the shot woman on the ground. “Oh my god they shot her and they still handcuff her!”

Police confirmed to KCTV that 26-year-old Leonna Hale was shot and killed by officers responding to reports of an armed carjacking at 8 p.m

The male driver fled when police pulled him over – and Hale was shot when she also tried to flee, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the shooting with officers, told the outlet.

However, the witness who filmed it wrote on Facebook that before she turned to run, Hale “raised her hands up and spoke to them to show she wasn’t holding a gun!!!”

The witness, who gave only Shédanja’s name, also told the Kansas City Star that Hale only refused to go on the floor because she told police she was pregnant.

“She wanted to cooperate, she got scared, she ran down and they shot her… it’s not right!” she exclaimed in her video at the crime scene.

Leonna Hale, 26, was shot dead at 8 p.m. by officers responding to reports of an armed carjack.
Leonna Hale, 26, was shot dead at 8 p.m. by officers responding to reports of an armed carjack
Facebook / She Danja
The victim was reportedly unarmed.
The victim was reportedly unarmed.
Faebook / She Danja

However, Shédanja said Hale warned that there was a gun in the car. Police later confirmed a handgun was found nearby.

But “she didn’t draw a weapon against her,” Shédanja insisted to The Star. “She didn’t even have a stick in her hand.

“One two three four five. I remember it because it didn’t stop. They shot five times,” Shédanja told The Star.

"You shot her!  Oh my god they shot her!" a woman screamed repeatedly in the footage.
“They shot her! Oh my god they shot her!” a woman screamed repeatedly in the footage.
Facebook / She Danja
Footage shows the woman curled up on the floor with blood on her shirt.
Footage shows the woman curled up on the floor with blood on her shirt.
Faebook / She Danja

“I remember seeing her hit the ground and I froze,” she said, adding that her sons – ages one, 10 and 13 – were also all traumatized from seeing it had.

Kansas City Police Department interim chief Joseph Mabin told KCTV that his officers “never want to get into situations like this.”

“It’s a bank holiday weekend. It’s time for friends. No time for violence,” he told the outlet on Friday.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/unarmed-pregnant-woman-shot-by-cops-while-fleeing-suspected-car-jacking-reports/ Unarmed pregnant woman shot dead by cops while fleeing alleged carjacking: reports

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